Following the untimely death of long standing member and past President, Mr Eric Tomney, the Society was bequeathed a generous sum of money to be used solely for the construction of an observatory building for use by members.  The Society formed a sub-committee of the ASG Council to plan the building of the observatory, to be known as the "Eric Tomney Memorial Observatory" or ETMO for brevity.

After considering several sites for the observatory we selected a location close to the Mugdock Park Visitor Centre.  This offers a well-known location not too far from Glasgow but with reasonably dark skies.  It also has the potential for ASG events to be staged in collaboration with Mugdock Park using its visitor centre.

The project has been delayed for a number of reasons but particularly because we lost society Treasurer Tom Clackson to a sudden heart attack.  Not only was Tom a driving force behind ETMO but he was a friend to many of us in the society and his loss was a real blow.

Putting this and other difficulties behind us we rebooted the project in 2019 and have now appointed architects Collective Architecture who have created a new design for which we have planning permission from East Dunbartonshire and Building Warrant approval from Stirling Council. (Mugdock Country Park land lies within Stirling council’s area but it is leased to East Dunbartonshire council because it is most used by residents of East Dunbartonshire.) The observatory is being constructed by a local building contractor Philip Grimley Ltd.

The current design of the observatory has one 3m diameter dome housing a 14 inch reflecting telescope, both generously donated by accomplished supernova hunter Tom Boles, with a mount and auxiliary piggy-backed scopes and other equipment that will allow us to use it for both visual eyepiece observing and imaging.  We will also have an area for storage and some workspace downstairs. Although the observatory will not be operable remotely from the outset we have left that as an option for the future.  We will however have internet access to it and plan to have a small weather mast, an all-sky camera and a security system.

We had imposed a deadline of having the observatory up and running by December 2020 but as with many projects, COVID-19 has interrupted our schedule and also pushed up the costs of construction.  We are committed to seeing the project through and now aim for the observatory to be built and operational in 2022.

The image below shows an illustration of what the observatory will look though this has been revised in a few details. At the right of the image is the fenced enclosure of the existing weather station at Mugdock which sits at the top of the overflow car park.  



If you would like to know more about the observatory or offer donations of equipment, money or contribute expertise please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dr Andrew Conway FRAS
President
Astronomical Society of Glasgow,
October 2020

 

16th February 2022
The building contractor poured the concrete foundation today.  It is planned that the concrete pier to support the telescope will be poured next week. 

 

21st February 2022
Casting of the concrete pier complete

 

2nd March 2022
Wooden framing being erected.

 

4th March 2022
Vapour barrier and wall sheeting being added

 

7th March 2022
Steel roof beams and wooden roof joists added

 

17th March 2022
Roofing and stair brackets added, dome delivered to site after repainting by Silvers Marine

29 March 2022

The dome is on! Thanks to Philip Grimley, Jim the joiner and their crew for some excellent work.

 

30 March 2022

The dome glints in the sunlight and is later snowed upon.

28 April 2022 - photos taken by Sinclair Curdie

The stairs are installed so we no longer have to use a ladder to get to the dome and handrail helps us not fall off!

 Stairs and handrail on the roof

Looking down the stairs.

Looking down the stairs

ETMO is clad in Siberian larch.

ETMO is clad in Siberian larch

The ASG Council has roles and responsibilities as laid out in the Constitution. The Council meets regularly, and members may view the minutes of Council meetings.

For the benefit of members who are considering serving on Council, the following document gives more details: The ASG Council

The Council Members and Trustees for the 2021-2022 session, and their assigned responsibilities, are as follows:

Andrew Conway

President
ETMO Working Group (project lead)
ASG deputy Webmaster
Acre Road Support

David Degan

Secretary
Past President
Summer Outing Organiser
Kelvingrove Point of Contact
Roukenglen & RSPB Outreach
Society Supplies Buyer

Jim Foreman

Treasurer
ETMO Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian
Constitution Working Group

Julian Gibson

Vice President
Past President
ASG Webmaster
ETMO Working Group
PVG Representative
Outreach (various)
Acre Road Support
Constitution Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian

Laura Stenhouse

Vice President
Social Media Working Group (lead)
Facebook Moderator
Twitter Moderator

Alasdair Taylor

Vice President
ETMO Working Group
Zoom Co-ordinator

Ewen Ellen

Ordinary Council Member
Membership Secretary
Data Controller

Henry Bryce-Smith

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Observing Section Visual Presentations

Frank Conn

Ordinary Council Member
Society Publicity
Constitution Working Group
Outreach Support (Various)
Auchengillan (Scouts) Point of Contact
Hamilton Low Parks Museum Point of contact
Custodian of the Lecture Attendance Book
ASG Telescope Custodian

Robert Law

Ordinary Council Member
Past President

Lorna Napier

Ordinary Council Member
Newsletter Editor (joint)
Newsletter Distribution (Email & Postage)
Curator of Outreach Materials
Acre Road Support

Chris O’Kane

Ordinary Council Member
Past President
Public Relations Spokesperson (TV/ Radio)
Newsletter Editor (joint)
RSPB Point of Contact
New Lanark Point of Contact
Whitelees Point of Contact
Acre Road Support
Curator of Outreach Materials

Ed Tobias

Ordinary Council Member

Periodically, the ASG Council sets up working groups in order to investigate specific issues, or to address more complex tasks.

As of June 2021, the following Working Groups have been formed, and the following Council and Society members have been appointed:

ETMO Working Group

Dr. Andrew Conway (Lead)
Dr. Alasdair Taylor (Tech Lead)
Julian Gibson
Jim Foreman
Eileen Gibson
Colin Robb
Sinclair Curdie
Henry Bryce-Smith
Ian Wylie

Social Media Working Group

Laura Stenhouse (Lead)
Colin Robb

Web Site Working Group

Julian Gibson (Lead)
Dr. Andrew Conway

Constitution Working Group

Frank Conn (Lead)

Newsletter Working Group

Chris O’Kane (Editor)
Lorna Napier (Editor)

Treasurer Working Group

Jim Foreman (Treasurer)
Julian Gibson (Deputy)

 

The main objective of The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is to promote an interest in Astronomy. Membership of the Society is open to everyone; and all ages are welcomed. While the lecture program is free, its only a small part of what the Society offers. By joining the Society, all the extra benefits below are available.

  • Access to the Acre Road observatory twice a month from October through to March where you can use the computer driven 16" Meade LX200 telescope, and learn a little more about observing, and hopefully if the skies are clear see some fantastic views of some of the amazing sights the universe has to offer.
  • Darker skies observing evenings held at Mugdock Country Park just outside Glasgow where we have slightly darker skies to observe under. Members bring along their own telescopes, and the Society's telescopes are available for members to look through. So if you're looking to purchase a new telescope, this could be the best way to try out many different scopes under darker skies and ask all the questions you want to from people who own the scopes!
  • Darker Skies weekend, held at Blencathra Fields Studies Centre, outside Keswick in the Lake District, where some of the darkest skies in Scotland can be found. A truly fantastic weekend of observing, that is only available to members.
  • Monthly Newsletter

All these extra benefits are available with membership to the Astronomical Society of Glasgow. Membership costs £20 per year for those ages 16 and over, and is free for those under 16.

Please note that the Society is in the process of transitioning from the old ASG to our new form as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (or SCIO for short) which is called "The Astronomical Society of Glasgow SCIO" registered charity number SC049446.  The old ASG is being dissolved with the permission of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

To apply to join please download, complete and submit the Membership Application Form

It would be of immense benefit to the Society if you could pay your subscription by bank transfer to the bank account on the form, as this would save unnecessary trips to the bank in these pandemic times.  If paying by bank transfer please can you use your full name as the reference so that the Treasurer can correctly identify payments.  Completed forms can either be posted or scanned and emailed to the address on the form.  Subscriptions paid by bank transfer will be treated as donations until the corresponding form is received.

Members' only articles, members' only events in the ASG Calendar and the archive of newsletters are only visible once you have logged in.

Please be assured that the personal information supplied by you to the Society is treated confidentially, is used purely for administrative purposes, will not be disclosed to any third party and will be handled in compliance with our data protection policy.  Also note that although membership for Junior members (under 16) is free, we do still need a completed membership form so we can send you our Newsletter and membership card, and have your approval to record your details in the database as well as record parental / guardian consent to your membership.

Introduction

The ASG’s Imaging Group meets each month from October to April, currently online using Zoom.  The meetings are suitable for all levels of astrophotography experience, from the simply curious, through to experienced imagers and all aspects of astrophotography are catered for, including night skyscapes; lunar and planetary; galaxy and nebulae and solar imaging.   

To take part, you must be a member of the ASG.  Click here to become a member.

Aims
The aims of Group are:
        1. To promote and encourage astrophotography in the ASG
        2. To provide advice to members wishing to take up astrophotography
        3. To provide a platform where members experiencing a problem with their imaging, can seek help
        4. To share the collective knowledge and experience of members

Meeting Format
Each meeting normally begins with an astrophotography related presentation. Thereafter, attendees can ask questions, seek advice, screen‑share their images or just have an informal chat on all thing’s astrophotography.  The meeting is intended to be informal, relaxed, and open to all attendees. In the interests of privacy and to promote the informality of the meetings, the meetings will not be recorded.  

Colin Robb
The ASG Imaging Group’s Lead